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LAWS13-127: Climate Liability and Risk Management


Climate Liability and Risk Management is an elective subject in undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This advanced level law subject investigates the commercial implications of climate change including the implications for legal liability, litigation and risk management. As scientific knowledge and understanding of climate change and its impacts advances, businesses and governments are exploring the risks and opportunities posed by climate change, and climate change adaptation and mitigation activities. Students will examine the range of business implications including the incorporation of climate risk into business risk assessment, statutory corporate and director’s disclosure obligations, litigation and reputation risks, financial, insurance and physical risks to property / “stranded asset” risks, and emissions reporting obligations, as well issues associated with the development and operation of emissions reduction or avoidance projects. They will also evaluate approaches taken by corporates and government to stimulate investment in net zero or low emissions projects and products.

Subject details

Type: Undergraduate Subject
Code: LAWS13-127
EFTSL: 0.125
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Law
Subject fees:
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950.00
  • Commencing in 2023: $4,050.00
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,260.00
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,400.00

Learning objectives

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the commercial implications of climate change. 2. Demonstrate advanced level research, reasoning, and communication skills in the application of the above knowledge to particular climate change related issues. 3. Demonstrate the ability to apply the above knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial research project.

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Restrictions: This subject is not available to
  • This subject is not available to students on US Financial Aid.

Must be admitted into a Bachelor Law degree OR Bachelor of Laws combined degree OR be an approved Study Abroad OR Exchange Law Student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.